Field and Bias Dependence of high-frequency Magnetic Noise in MgO-based Magnetic Tunnel Junctions

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We present room-temperature measurements of high-frequency magnetization fluctuation (mag-noise) in MgO-based nanopillar magnetic tunnel junctions (MTJs) biased with a direct current (DC). In the frequency range of 1-13 GHz, double mag-noise peaks are observed for some MTJs while others only show a single mag-noise peak. The in-plane field dependence of the mag-noise peak frequency is consistent with the Kittel formula. For all MTJs measured, the bias-dependent shift of the mag-noise peak frequency has a pronounced asymmetry. In addition, we find non-monotonic variations in peak linewidth as a function of the external in-plane magnetic field and of the DC bias current. These suggest the possible involvement of non-macrospin modes in spin-torque-dependent thermal mag-noise generation.

By: Y. Guan, D. W. Abraham, M. C. Gaidis, G. Hu, E. J. O'Sullivan, J. J. Nowak, P. L. Trouilloud, D. C. Worledge, J. Z. Sun

Published in: Journal of Applied Physics, volume 105, (no 7), pages art. no. 07D127 in 2009


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